I’ve been meaning to blog about the Sounds Symposium for a few weeks now, and here it is in an NZPA story:
The Norwegian man accused of killing at least 76 people, Anders Behring Breivik, based part of his 1500-page manifesto on a speech an Australian historian gave in New Zealand.
“Breivik quotes several statements I made in a paper to a conference in New Zealand in February 2006, titled The Adversary Culture: The Perverse Anti-Westernism of the Cultural Elite,” Quadrant magazine editor Keith Windschuttle told The Australian newspaper.
The speech was delivered at the Summer Sounds Symposium, at Punga Cove in the Marlborough Sounds, on February 11, 2006.
The Sound Symposium is a right-wing gab-fest held in the Marlborough Sounds. They seem to be defunct, which is a shame because their programs sound fascinating. Here are excerpts from 2007, 2008 and 2010:
SATURDAY March 20, 2010
9. 00 am Professor James Allan – The Decline of Democracy
Dr Andy Pratt – Transparency and the Manager’s New Clothes
Transparency is widely used as a feel-good term by politicians, managers and the
like. Often there is a darker side to their ministrations which involves the conscious
or unconscious shackling of creativity within a quicksand of administrivia. This will
be a brief effort to try to shed light on this murky underworld and its implications.
Chaired by Greg O’Connor
3. 45 pm Hal Colebatch – Is the Survival of the West Actually Guaranteed?
Bill Muehlenberg – The Threat of Secular Humanism
Chaired by Dr Neville Bennett
9. 30 am Dr Hal G.P Colebatch – A fragile Flame?
The uniqueness of, and the present attack upon, scientific and technological civilisation
Chaired by Dr Don Brash
11.00 am Peter Westmore – Organ harvesting in China: an olympian horror
Chaired by Nevil Gibson
3.45pm – Keith Windschuttle: The Adversary Culture: the perverse anti-Westernism of the culturally elite.
Chaired by Matthew Hooton
Symposium Bar Open
A friend of mine went in – I believe – 2008 and found himself standing around a bonfire singing ‘God Defend New Zealand’ while holding hands with Muriel Newman and Kerre Woodham. I’d give almost anything to go to one of these things.